Guided Tours

“…an excellent tour of the Church…. Enthusiasm and knowledge of the historical background was contagious and enlightening.” –Pauline626, Trip Advisor, May 14, 2015

“…a wealth of information….” –Judith P, Trip Advisor, April 14, 2015

“…I contemplate with soverign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should ‘make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof,’ thus building a wall of separation between Church and State.”

– Thomas Jefferson, To the Baptist Association of Danbury, Connecticut

January 1, 1802

“A must-see Marvel!”

“St. Luke’s represents an integral part of colonial history and the evolution of religious freedom in the U.S. ” – Joanna B. TripAdvisor reviewer May 2015


“…this is the place for you… Romantic, personal, historic, peaceful, lovely.” –Deborah R, Trip Advisor, November 4, 2014

Special Events



“Beautiful grounds. It’s history. It’s America. Must visit.” –Karl S.,, November 26, 2014

“The experience I had at St. Luke’s was outstanding.” –Ryan S.,, April 28, 2015


Gift Shop

“…wonderful unusual pieces….” –GmaSandra, Trip Advisor, October 19, 2013

“…check out the gift shop for some lovely unique gifts.” –NHFlowergirl March 12, 2015

Upcoming Events


Saturday June 13, 2015

7:00-8:30 PM

The Establishment in 17th-century Virginia: The Role of the Church of England in the early Commonwealth.

Historic St. Luke’s is proud to present the first of a two part series on religion in Colonial Virginia. Part 1 is presented by local author and church historian Tony Williams. Mr. Williams will present on the role of the Church of England in 17th-century Virginia and will be available for selling and autographing several of his books and taking and addressing questions from guests. To learn more about Mr. Williams please check out our blog article written by John Ericson. To register for this event please use our Event Form

Monthly Blog Post

That Make’s Sense!

Norris grave


One of the ways people talk about the past is to look from our modern perspective and imagine what things were like based on what makes sense to us. That is a model that is fraught with perils. I give you as an example the story of Rev. Alexander Norris. Norris was a Rector at Westover Parish in Charles City County VA. He died in 1839 and his tombstone, that lies just outside the east wall of St. Luke’s, reads “died in this place”.

Welcome to Virginia’s Oldest Church!


Located south of the James River near the town of Smithfield stands Virginia’s best kept secret. Recently voted best attraction in Smithfield by Tripadvisor, the tour at Historic St. Luke’s covers over 481 years of history. Join us as we present the complex American narrative of spirituality, community, and the pursuit of religious freedom.

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